August 16, 2022

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Casa de Flores expands veterans housing into new solitary-relatives house | Community News

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For Violet Enriquez, the ecosystem feels very similar to residing in base housing at Fort Bliss, Texas, the place her spouse was stationed as a diesel mechanic with the 1st Armored Division, 2nd Brigade. 

Numerous of the people they lived in the vicinity of on foundation served with her partner in the exact same unit.

“I am psyched just to be nearer to folks I sense comfortable with,” Violet Enriquez explained. “There’s a perception of basic safety and nervousness degrees are small.” 

Extra housing at Camp Flores was component of the project’s first approach, in accordance to Echo Group CEO Steve Baird, who mentioned that development for the new house started in January 2020.

Baird credits Craig Rogneby, a Vietnam War-era Marine Corps veteran and a single of Casa de Flores’ initial tenants, who is also the foreman for the design venture. Rogneby now life in Santa Margarita but has made daily outings to Santa Maria. 

As crews commenced dismantling the old construction for expansion, they realized it experienced to be entirely rebuilt from the floor up. The body and the foundation, which was laid extra than 100 years ago, could not be saved because they were out of code, according to Baird, who additional that the local community stepped up to support. 

Baird is doubtful of the dollar worth, but substantially of the labor, setting up components and the appliances were donated by users of the group, together with veterans, staying devoted to the mission of vets encouraging vets. 

He stated he is relieved the household is just about done due to the fact Camp Flores was created to be a extra intimate, individualized restoration location and building disrupts that natural environment. 

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